Teaching tomorrow’s leaders through tradition, community and academic excellence.

About Us - Our Founding

St. Nicholas School is a Catholic school established in 1886 by the Sisters of Christian Charity. It has been the premiere destination for academics in The Heights of Jersey City since its inception. It operates today under the Archdiocese of Newark Schools Office with a certified lay faculty for Grades PreK3 to Grade 8.

Our culturally diverse Catholic atmosphere provides the students with the opportunity to develop academically, spiritually, physically, and socially. We are committed to the challenging task of teaching as Jesus did and living His mission. We endeavor to bring out the best in every child.

Each year our graduates are accepted to our excellent Catholic high schools: St. Peter's Prep, Hudson Catholic, Marist, St. Dominic Academy, as well as others in the region. Our 2018 graduates received almost $400,000 in scholarship funding to these schools. In addition, our graduates are routinely accepted to McNair Academic High School, High Tech High School, and County Prep High School.

Standardized test scores put St. Nicholas School students in the upper 25% quartile of all students tested. 

Our Curriculum: Elementary Curriculum

Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt

Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt, Foundress

Our Mission Statement directs us to embrace, nurture, and educate all God's children, preparing them for lives of service and leadership rooted in the Gospel values of faith, hope, and love.

Our Beliefs

We Believe...

  • Every student is a child of God and will be treated with love and respect.
  • Effective education of the individual requires a collaboration of students, parents, and teachers.
  • Students will be encouraged to be responsible for living a life of faith, service, and purpose.
  • Each student is entitled to a safe learning environment.
  • Students will be engaged in a culturally diverse environment that fosters acceptance and a sense of community.
  • Students will be given the technological tools in order to become successful in a digital world.

Profile of a Graduate

The graduates of Saint Nicholas School will be...

  1. Christian witnesses of the Gospel
  2. Future leaders in their communities
  3. Service-minded individuals
  4. Culturally-aware
  5. Lifelong learners
  6. Technologically savvy